The only way to defeat this pandemic is to practice social distancing. And for a lot of us, that means sheltering in place. Here are some resources to help you through this time.
I’m updating this list every day. New resources generally go at the top of the list. (I say “generally” because sometimes I forget.)
If you have any to add, please let me know by dropping a comment.
Just things to look at.
- The Dodo has wonderful animal videos.
- birds and baking
- Weekend Reading — I try to line up some interesting, non-pandemic things for you to read on the weekend. Generally comes out on Fridays.
- Cool Ancient Things — Archaeology side blog with focus on Classical Antiquity
- David Hockney shares exclusive art from Normandy
- Advertising Pics
- Daniel Casson ‒ Photography
- 70s Sci-Fi Art ‒ Art. Sci-fi art. From the 70s.
- German Post-War Modern ‒ Focus on Post-War Modern Architecture in Germany, its neighbouring countries and the world
- The Art Showcase ‒ Dedicated to featuring artworks from amazing Digital and Traditional artists.
- Vintage, Arts, Architecture (1900-1980) ‒ “Welcome to the party! Enter freely. Go safely. Share your sadness or leave something of the happiness you bring!”
- haunted by animals ‒ Hi, I’m Jenna Barton, and I’m an illustrator who draws animals + mysteries. This is my friendly art blog here on The Internet™
- Greek-Roman Gods & More ‒ A blog dedicated to the Greek & Roman gods, goddesses, heroes, and more.
- Untitled ‒ New Guinea Tribal Art
- Artefacts ‒ History, Archaeology, Artefacts
Things to Do
- SFFaudio ‒ Lots of scifi audio and reprints
- Free Daily Printable Crossword Puzzle
- More Printable Daily Crosswords
- 9 Fantasy and Science Fiction Books to Help You Forget About the World
- Read the Decameron in 100 days with the Iowa City of Literature
- Artist Brian Kesinger is giving away a digital version of his Penned Dragons coloring book
- Artist Aaron Blaise has free and discounted online art courses
- You can make your own yeast thanks to the advice of “your local frumpy yeast geneticist Sudeep Agarwala
- 100+ Legal Sites to Download Literature
- Stay home, make zines ‒ Austin Kleon
- Wil Wheaton reads short stories
- 8 relaxing activities to help yourself cope with coronavirus stress
- Quarantine Book Club
- Easy Recipes to Cook While You’re Self-Quarantined
Help for You
- 3 Tips to Avoid WFH Burnout
- Grieving the losses amid coronavirus pandemic
- The Easiest Recipes and Techniques for Beginner Cooks — From Eater magazine. If you don’t have a lot of experience cooking, this is a great resource.
- EPBOT’s Two Best Tips for Thriving in Home Quarantine
- This is not easy. Give yourself credit. From The Bloggess.
- WHO Tips for Living in Quarantine
- How to Not Completely Hate the People You’re Quarantined With
- Astronauts offer advice on keeping calm (and carrying on) amid coronavirus outbreak
- That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief
- This is Hard (teaching your kids at home, that is)
- How to touch your face less (From The Oatmeal, so slightly NSFW.)
- The family lockdown guide: how to emotionally prepare for coronavirus quarantine
- How to Survive Isolation With Your Roommates, Your Partner, Your Kids – and Yourself
Warning: Some are NSFW/NSFS. But it doesn’t matter because you’re not there anymore.
- The Cat Came Back ‒ A classic Canadian cartoon
- Magic Realism Bot ‒ Generates a magical story every four hours
- They Can Talk ‒ A comic about animals
- Cake Wrecks
- Kiss This Guy — The Archive of Misheard Lyrics
- Perry Bible Fellowship
- The Oatmeal
- Cyanide and Happiness
- Just Shower Thoughts
- Getty Museum challenges quarantined people to recreate famous works of art, with hilarious results
- A Horse With No Name
- Hello (From the Inside) Parody
If you want to help…
If it helps you to cope by volunteering, here are some good options.
- Navajo & Hopi Families COVID-19 Relief Fund ‒ “The Navajo Nation and Hopi Reservation are extreme food deserts with only 13 grocery stores on Navajo to serve some 180,000 people and only 3 small grocery marts on Hopi to serve some 3,000 people. These communities also have high numbers of elderly, diabetic, asthmatic, and cancer-afflicted (i.e., high risk) individuals. These communities could be devastated by coronavirus and COVID-19. We want to help these individuals, especially the elderly and high risk individuals, and families with children, to gain access to the food and water (1/3 of Navajo residents do not have running water) and other essential items they will need to weather this pandemic, such as food, PPE, and diapers. The need is so great. “
- Ways to Help Independent Bookstores and Booksellers
- Masks On — “We are adapting full-face snorkel masks to fit breathing filters that are already being used in hospitals. We will mass-produce mask adaptors via 3D printing and distribute to hospitals and clinics across the country. These masks are targeted for use by clinicians performing high-risk for COVID transmission procedures.”
- Crip Fund ‒ Crip Fund is pooling money for chronically ill, disabled, and immunocompromised people in serious financial need during this ongoing time of love, coronavirus, and apocalyptic joy & pain.
- Non-Medical Masks on Etsy by BIPOC
- Please reach out to your local food bank, as they are experiencing unprecedented need. They will probably appreciate a cash donation rather than food at this point.
- Check with any local domestic violence shelters. They are experiencing an increased need for their services and higher costs for cleaning and sanitizing.
- Support your local newspaper. They were probably already suffering financially when this crisis hit.
- Please don’t forget animal charities! They need support as well. From Bat Conservation International to ASPCA to WWF to Wold Cat rescue and all the local rescues, they need help as well.
- World Central Kitchen ‒ Founded by chef José Andrés, they are experts in quickly setting up free meal kitchens and forming local partnerships.
- RIP Medical Debt ‒ RIP uses donors’ funds to wipe out medical debt from the neediest cases up.
We’ll get through this, folks. Stay safe!